Adirondack Aquatic Center (AAC) has received its first $1 million pledge from an anonymous donor, marking the largest contribution to date toward the proposed $22 million, 80,000-square-foot facility.
A local group plans to build such a center along the health and wellness corridor located off of Route 67 in Malta. The property is located across the street from Malta Urgent Care.
“This pledge brings us closer to realizing our dream—to build a state-of-the-art aquatic facility that community members and visitors can utilize for years to come for recreational and wellness, therapeutic and competitive training purposes,” said Kara Haraden, president of the AAC board of directors.
“This $1 million donation will make a big splash in the efforts to build the Adirondack Aquatic Center and bring all of the positive economic impacts it would entail to the town of Malta and to the place where all good things emanate, the 49th State Senate District,” said state Sen. Jim Tedisco.
AAC representatives said an official fundraising campaign will kick off in 2018. The board of directors is seeking both public and private sector funds.
“This facility will provide a substantial economic benefit to Saratoga County and the entire region,” said Dennis A. Brobston, president, Saratoga Economic Development Corp. “Aquatic competitions and events will bring an estimated $20 to $30 million to the area annually.”